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Pink Silver Hoya pubicalyx

Phonetic Spelling
HOY-a pew-bih-KAL-iks
Description

Wax Plant does its best when grown in bright, indirect sunlight, such as near a sunny window.  Six hours of filtered sunlight per day is optimal, however, avoid direct sunlight, as the leaves can become scorched.  Direct sunlight can be provided in the morning, but limit to no more than 2 hours. 

Being frost intolerant, ensure that temperatures remain above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cooler temperatures can lead to damaged foliage.  Humidity levels should remain between 60-70%.  If natural conditions do not provide the needed humidity, a humidifier can be used, or mist often with a spray bottle.   Placing near indoor vents and heaters can also dry out the foliage.

Its blooms are more noticeable during the nighttime hours, when they are also fragrant.  Not liking direct sunlight, this plant contains pigments (Anthocyanin) that protect its young leaves from too much sunlight.  Mature foliage can take on an attractive silver/pink hue when sunlight is present.  Avoid deadheading old blooms, as that practice will affect future blooms.

Care should include watering with filtered or rainwater.  If necessary to use tap water, allow it to stand overnight, which will place the chemicals at the bottom of the watering container.  Falling leaves is a sign of overwatering.  During its growth season, water three times per week, while during the fall and winter months, allow the top couple inches to dry out before watering.

A plant that does not mind having its roots tight, repotting is rarely necessary.  Provide vertical support to allow this plant to climb.  Like other succulents, providing good drainage is imperative.  Consider terracotta pots or planters that have sufficient drainage holes.  

Maintenance includes trimming the plant should it become too large.  It's best to be performed after flowering.  

Maturity may be reached for up to two years.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  The sap from this plant can cause skin irritation, wear gloves when handling.  Mealybugs, aphids, and whiteflies are some insects that are attracted to Hoya pubicalyx.  Too much water can lead to root rot and leaf drop.

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Tags:
#fragrant flowers#houseplant#drought tolerant#succulent#easy to grow#frost tender#vines#ornamentals#humidity tolerant#vine#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#tropical#frost intolerant#wet soils intolerant#easy to grow houseplant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant flowers#houseplant#drought tolerant#succulent#easy to grow#frost tender#vines#ornamentals#humidity tolerant#vine#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#tropical#frost intolerant#wet soils intolerant#easy to grow houseplant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hoya
    Species:
    pubicalyx
    Family:
    Apocynaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Indoor plant, or protected outdoor plant.
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Philippines
    Distribution:
    Philippines
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Colorful
    Easy to Grow
    Fragrance
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Houseplant
    Succulent
    Vine
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Creeping
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    The flower appear in clusters of dusty pink flowers with pink centers. Their fragrance is emitted during the evening hours.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The long, narrow, thick, glossy, deep green foliage can sometimes be decorated with gray specks.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The stems may be purple/gray.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Nighttime Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Humidity